50th Anniversary

Over the 2017 academic year, Century College celebrated our 50th anniversary. This content was created to commemorate the milestone.

Transforming Lives for 50 Years

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September 18, 1967. A red brick schoolhouse in downtown White Bear Lake opened its doors to 503 local students. Lakewood State Junior College, as it was known at the time, taught courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

A few years later classes began at the new 916 Area Vocational Technical Institute (AVTI), welcoming students to advance their lives through a career in the trades.

These two important events marked the beginning of something transformative in the lives of thousands over the next 50 years – Century College.

Today, at Century College, we serve over 21,000 students each year, offering a wide variety of career and technical programs and liberal arts and science degrees and courses. We provide a vibrant and diverse campus community to students from our local communities, across the country, and around the world. We connect with our local communities, schools, and businesses through partnerships and service learning. And most importantly, we commit to the success of each and every Century College student.

After 50 years, Century College is who we are today, not because of any one person but because of people wanting to make a difference in their communities, employees dedicated to the value of higher education, and students committed to pursuing a better life.

Together, we made Century College. Together, we are Century College. Transforming lives for 50 years!

We invite you to celebrate our 50th anniversary! Learn more about events and activities coming up throughout the year.


Century College. Through the Years.